Brushing with Braces: The Best Tips for a Bright Smile!

Learn proper brushing techniques while wearing braces

November 1st was National Brush Day! The best way to celebrate all month long is to make sure you’re equipped with the right tools and techniques to properly brush your teeth. This is even more important if you have braces since you’ll need to take extra care when you brush and floss to ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and your treatment stays on track.

See below to learn more about how to keep your teeth and gums clean during your orthodontic journey. Download a PDF version of these tips.

1. Find a good toothbrush

The brush you use should be flexible so that you can reach every bit of your teeth and gums. You could even take your toothbrushing to the next level with an electric toothbrush!

2. Start brushing on the outside of your teeth

Work your way from one side to the other, using a circular motion to brush each tooth on the outside (i.e., the side you see). Carefully brush around the brackets and wires to ensure that no food particles get stuck.

3. Brush the inside of your teeth

Repeat your circular brushing, this time on the inside of your teeth. While you won’t have as many obstacles to brush around, it’s just as important to do a thorough job on this side of your teeth.

4. Work on the crowns of your teeth

Don’t forget to brush the chewing surface of each tooth! Brushing the crowns of your molars is especially important, as small pieces of food can end up on top of these teeth. Those particles can cause plaque and eventually cavities.

5. Brush your tongue and gums

Once you’re finished brushing your teeth, gently brush your gums and the top of your tongue.

6. Move on to flossing

Floss between each tooth to get rid of any remaining food particles that are stuck between your teeth. You can use a floss threader to get around the wires of your braces.

Celebrate healthy teeth all year long

Prevent cavities and keep your teeth in great health by properly brushing your teeth twice a day (and when you have braces, brushing after meals as needed). And if you need any more information about how to properly brush or floss, don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices! We’d be happy to teach you the techniques you need to keep your teeth and gums in the best health throughout your treatment.

With convenient locations in Albany, Glens Falls, Clifton Park, Latham, East Greenbush, and Schenectady, Adirondack Orthodontics is your trusted orthodontic specialist in the Capital Region. Book your next appointment or free consultation online today to start your journey toward a healthy, beautiful smile.

Download a PDF version of these tips. 

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